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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
On a sunny autumn afternoon in a wealthy New England suburb, Burt Lancaster appears at a friend's garden wearing nothing but a pair of swimming trunks. Jumping into their pool, he announces that he has decided to swim home in a journey that will include his friends' and neighbours' swimming pools.
Burt Lancaster was in his mid-fifties when this film was made, but has...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed but too depressing
My husband and I are great Burt Lancaster fans but found this movie disappointing. It is permeated by an air of unreality. To begin with, everything seems perfect. Lancaster's character is naive and unconvincing and keeps on repeating what a glorious, warm, cloudless day it is. He decides to swim home via the neighbours' swimming pools, and sets off under a cloudless...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Swimmer, 28 July 2006
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An unsettling story, set in American suburbia, which has the feel of European art-house cinema. Marvin Hamlisch's score adds to the dreamlike quality, while Burt Lancaster has one of his most challenging roles, as the middle aged man who's making his way home via his neighbours swimming pool.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully photographed but too depressing, 1 Dec 2013
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My husband and I are great Burt Lancaster fans but found this movie disappointing. It is permeated by an air of unreality. To begin with, everything seems perfect. Lancaster's character is naive and unconvincing and keeps on repeating what a glorious, warm, cloudless day it is. He decides to swim home via the neighbours' swimming pools, and sets off under a cloudless blue sky in the beautiful surroundings of his wealthy neighbours' properties. He is warmly welcomed by the first groups and begged to spend some time in their company. The daughter of one of the neighbours, a gullible teenager, accompanies him for part of the way home, but then takes fright at his wild promises and exaggerated concern regarding her. The attitude of the neighbours, whose property he crosses, gradually changes from friendly and warm-hearted to indifferent and finally to downright hostile. At the same time the sky gradually starts to cloud over as the reality regarding the main character and his relationship with his wife and daughters, as well as friends and business associates is revealed. As he approaches home, the storm finally breaks and he arrives at the dilapidated ruin of a place in pouring rain. The parallel between the gradual change in the weather and the hero's fortunes is strikingly depicted but the end is just too harrowing and depressing for words and leaves the viewer with a drained, empty feeling.
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